COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA (WWBT) - A former Colonial Heights bus aide pleaded guilty on Thursday to an assault and battery charge in connection with an incident involving students with special needs.
Under the agreement, Peggy Jordan agreed to plead guilty to one count of assault and battery and prosecutors agreed not to go forward with a second charge. The charge stems from an incident in April in which Jordan assaulted two special needs students while working as an aide on the bus.
A judge sentenced Jordan to anger management and parenting classes, 50 hours of community service, three years probation and told her not to have contact with the victim's family. Jordan tells NBC12 she agreed to the plea deal to save her own children from having to go through the trauma associated with a trial.
A Colonial Heights official described Jordan's former role as helping the bus driver keep students calm and in their seats. Jordan is no longer employed by Colonial Heights schools.
Only two of the 25 school buses in Colonial Heights had cameras on them at the time of the assault. The incident was not captured on video.
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